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      Special Upgrade 4 Tech Tips   12/27/2016

      Hi all! Now that Upgrade 4 is out and about in large quantities we have now discovered a few SNAFUs that happen out in the scary, real world that is home computing.  Fortunately the rate of problems is extremely small and so far most are easily worked around.  We've identified a few issues that have similar causes which we have clear instructions for work arounds here they are: 1.  CMRT Windows customers need to re-license their original key.  This is a result of improvements to the licensing system which CMBN, CMBS, and CMFB are already using.  To do this launch CMRT with the Upgrade and the first time enter your Engine 4 key.  Exit and then use the "Activate New Products" shortcut in your CMRT folder, then enter your Engine 3 license key.  That should do the trick. 2.  CMRT and CMBN MacOS customers have a similar situation as #2, however the "Activate New Products" is inside the Documents folder in their respective CM folders.  For CMBN you have to go through the process described above for each of your license keys.  There is no special order to follow. 3.  For CMBS and CMFB customers, you need to use the Activate New Products shortcut and enter your Upgrade 4 key.  If you launch the game and see a screen that says "LICENSE FAILURE: Base Game 4.0 is required." that is an indication you haven't yet gone through that procedure.  Provided you had a properly functioning copy before installing the Upgrade, that should be all you need to do.  If in the future you have to install from scratch on a new system you'll need to do the same procedure for both your original license key and your Upgrade 4.0 key. 4.  There's always a weird one and here it is.  A few Windows users are not getting "Activate New Products" shortcuts created during installation.  Apparently anti-virus software is preventing the installer from doing its job.  This might not be a problem right now, but it will prove to be an issue at some point in the future.  The solution is to create your own shortcut using the following steps: Disable your anti-virus software before you do anything. Go to your Desktop, right click on the Desktop itself, select NEW->SHORTCUT, use BROWSE to locate the CM EXE that you are trying to fix. The location is then written out. After it type in a single space and then paste this:

      -showui

      Click NEXT and give your new Shortcut a name (doesn't matter what). Confirm that and you're done. Double click on the new Shortcut and you should be prompted to license whatever it is you need to license. At this time we have not identified any issues that have not been worked around.  Let's hope it stays that way Steve
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      Forum Reorganization   10/12/2017

      We've reorganized our Combat Mission Forums to reflect the fact that most of you are now running Engine 4 and that means you're all using the same basic code.  Because of that, there's no good reason to have the discussion about Combat Mission spread out over 5 separate sets of Forums.  There is now one General Discussion area with Tech Support and Scenario/Mod Tips sub forums.  The Family specific Tech Support Forums have been moved to a new CM2 Archives area and frozen in place. You might also notice we dropped the "x" from distinguishing between the first generation of CM games and the second.  The "x" was reluctantly adopted back in 2005 or so because at the time we had the original three CM games on European store shelves entitled CM1, CM2, and CM3 (CMBO, CMBB, and CMAK).  We didn't want to cause confusion so we added the "x".  Time has moved on and we have to, so the "x" is now gone from our public vocabulary as it has been from our private vocabulary for quite a while already.  Side note, Charles *NEVER* used the "x" so now we're all speaking the same language as him.  Which is important since he is the one programming them
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New Mission T-34/85 Recover Civilians Has Been Submitted to Repository

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This is a new T-34/85 mission set in the excellent T-72 training environment map that I have already re-used for the T-72 Capture Radar Outpost mission. In this mission your tank crew is tasked with supporting a light armored task force with safely recovering a group of civilians pinned down in some lowlands along a lightly contested portion of our frontlines.

This mission has been submitted to the Battlefront Repository for publishing in the T-72 Balkans On Fire section. It should be available for download within a couple business days.

The Cache File is: T34RecoverCivilians.ca

The Script File is: T34RecoCivi.pd

Mission Summary:

Recent aerial reconnaissance has revealed a small group of civilians trapped in lowlands along our frontlines near an enemy military camp. We think the civilians were residents of the living quarters west of an enemy artillery firebase, and were able to escape safely thus far.

Command has tasked your tank crew and modernized T-34/85 tank to help escort and provide overwatch for a light armored task force consisting of 2 modernized T-34/85 tanks, and an MTLB. Move with the armored task force to the map label T-34 Waypoint in the southeast corner of the map, and then turn north and provide direct firesupport as the allied T-34's and MTLB's move to the lowlands and pickup the civilians. Engage and destroy any armored forces that approach during this recovery. Then return to the T-34 Waypoint, and head west to the nearby helicopter landing pad to the west. Scout ahead of the armored force and engage and destroy any exposed artillery pieces positioned in the enemy firebase before the allied T-34's and MTLB approach. Be careful not to move to high ground as even the High Explosive Fragmentation shells from the artillery pieces are capable of rolling your tank over, not to mention the anti-tank shells.

Once the allied armored force reaches the heliport, they will drop off the civilians who will board a waiting Mi-8 helicopter, and get flown to safety. Expect additional armored forces to show up at this point. Once the civilians are dropped off, the 2 T-34's and the MTLB will begin to patrol the south half of the area, and after airlifting the civilians, the Mi-8 will return to provide air support.

Your primary objective is to safely recover the civilians from the battlefield, and get them flown to a remote location. Your secondary objective (and not required to achieve victory) is to destroy enemy forces in the area.

Enemy forces consist of 2 SU-100's, 5 M50 SuperShermans, 2 Sprut-B heavy anti-tank guns, and 2 infantry squads.

For more enjoyable game play, I recommend that you go into cfgmode.ca (configuration mode) and set your own tanks armor to 2.0, and set your own tank's ammo load to 2.0. Getting all the scripts and triggers set up to make this mission work was extremely challenging, but when playing this mission, it was totally worth the effort. I have a great time playing this mission, and I hope that you do too. Enjoy!

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